Lilafee Barrenwort

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Add Magic & Merriment With Lilafee Barrenwort!

  • Unusual Amethyst-Purple Flowers
  • Curious Spurred Blooms
  • Long Heart-Shaped Leaves
  • Waxy Green Foliage With Red Blush
  • Very Long-Bloom Time
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Full Shade and Part Shade
  • Dry Shade Tolerant!
  • Rocky & Gravel Soil
  • Deer & Rabbit Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant!
  • Fanciful Container Plant

So unique and whimsical, the Lilafee Barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee') has the most unusual-looking blooms! Also known as Bishop's Hat, Lilac Fairy and Fairy Wings, these give your garden plots a magical, ethereal feel!

The showy light purple to amethyst blooms have upturned spurs and four points. Barrenworts look like fancy Jester's or Bishop's Hats dangling in long clusters high above the lovely mottled, heart-shaped foliage! This combination really lights up the shady parts of your garden big time!

The long sprays of violet flowers fill out the entire arching stem. Blooming in mid to late spring and act as both stand-out specimens and delicate fillers throughout the garden.

Bright green, heart-shaped leaves remain through the summer months. The wiry stems have a red tinge and even the early spring leaves emerge with a reddish blush in spring, before maturing to medium green.

Each leaf is waxy and has an interesting frosted glaze, causing water to bead up like glistening droplets. Then fall brings coppery hues to the plant!

An eclectic-looking form is so attractive, you can rest assured that no one else on your block will have this plant!

How to Use Lilafee Barrenwort In The Landscape

Modestly sized, these unusual plants have airy and delicate features for your beds and borders. The jovial-looking plants lend themselves perfectly in both formal and informal settings.

Asian-inspired, Urban courtyards and eclectic garden designs welcome this peculiar plant as it brightens your shady areas with otherworldy texture!

This dazzling Epimedium romps throughout the mixed-shrub garden and informal borders with fascination!

Tolerating dry, rocky and gravel soil, Lilafee escapades through your rock gardens and in those shaded waste areas with ease. Cottage gardens are given a magical air with a few of these intriguing plants interspersed!

Lilafee is a unique woodland shade and accent plant. Plus, their love for shade makes Barrenwort fanciful underplantings to your larger trees and shrubs. There they can bask in the provided shade and hide leggy stems in return as ground cover!

The long stems and quirky flowers are naturals for the cutting garden and are a fantastic cut flower to add enchanting long-spurred lavender violet blooms to your bouquets and floral arrangements!

Plant en masse for erosion control that will have the entire neighborhood talking! Lilafee is a tough groundcover where grass has trouble growing in the shade.

Adding whimsy to your containers and planters on shady patios for a magical conversation piece for your entertaining areas!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Lilafee thrives in growing zones 4 through 8 where it prefers well-drained soils, that are organic and fertile. Barrenwort does best in humus-rich part shade locations.

In warmer climates, where Barrenwort can be semi-evergreen, they do better in full shade locations that have consistent moisture.

Once established, Lilafee is drought tolerant and even does well in dry shade as long as supplemental watering is provided during extended periods.

A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Barrenwort also appreciates some protection from cold, drying northern winds in winter to prevent leaf burn.

Prune back in late winter to tidy up the plant and give it a fresh look each year otherwise, Lilafee is very low maintenance! Pest and disease-free, Barrenwort are also nearly deer and rabbit proof!

Plant your own magic this year with a quirky Lilafee Barrenwort, and have the most unique garden on the block! We're excited to offer this unique plant so be sure to order quickly from Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
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Lilafee Barrenwort Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 12 - 18 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 18 inches
Sun Exposure Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Lavender, Violet
Foliage Color Tan, Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No